Saturday, April 4, 2009

China Railway Museum

Above: Steam locomotives! Chinese General Zhu De traveled by the one on left, Chairman Mao ZeDong by the other. Photo gallery below.


China Railway Museum
PICTORIAL - MY STEAMIEST LOCOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE

Steam locomotives are legends. China Railway Museum in Beijing, opened 2003, has many, as half of museum's main hall is dedicated to steam locomotives. There are also diesel and electrical locomotives, passanger coaches and freight wagons.

Premier Zhou EnLai's train coach is open to visitors. Mao's newer carriages were parked near museum building but not open to enter.

In 1949 China had about 4000 steam locomotives. In 1952 China begun to manufacture steam locomotives based on foreign models. In 1958 manufacturing of diesel locomotives started. In 1988 production of steam locomotives ended.

The logo of China Railway has been in use since 1950s. Before revolution, logo was 'flying eagle' which was changed to GongRen (worker) logo (left). In 1950s, workers were the locomotive of the Chinese society, drivers of China's development. Gong is the inner part and Ren is the outer part of the logo. Logo's outlook has also been explained as a train running on a rail. Writing style of the logo is based on ZhuanTi type of font which is commonly used for Chinese carvings.

Taking photos Inside Railway Museum may not be allowed if you give professional impression. During my visit there was only a few visitors. It was allowed to go inside locomotives and coaches. My museum tour took three hours, enjoyed.


-- BeijingMan


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China Railway Museum, Beijing. I used Canon EOS with EF-S 10-22mm zoom and EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS zoom, and Speedlite 580EX. Click to enlarge.

Above-1: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• About half of the museum's main hall

Above-2: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: General Zhu De's (1886-1976) steam locomotive
• Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong's steam locomotive
• Middleman: Operator of Märklin electrical train set, times ago

Above-3: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: General Zhu De's steam locomotive
• Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong's steam locomotive

Above-4: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Red banner text: Zhu De Hao
• Right: Red banner text: Mao Ze Dong Hao

Above-5: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive Class JieFang JF-Liberation No.304, JF-304
• Length 23,75 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 80km/h
• Built in Japan in 1941. Retired from service in 1977

Above-6: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-7: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-8: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-9: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-10: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-11: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-12: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-13: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304
• Test drive by BeijingMan

Above-14: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-15: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304

Above-16: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive Class JieFang JF-1191
• Length 23,91 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 80km/h
• Built in Japan in 1942, retired from service in 1977

Above-17: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191
Zhu De was a Chinese general, revolutionary, one of the pioneers of Communist Party of China. From 1975 to 1976, Zhu De was the head of state of P.R.China.

Above-18: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191
• Test drive by BeijingMan

Above-19: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-20: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-21: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-22: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-23: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191
- Add speed!

Above-24: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-25: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-26: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191

Above-27: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: General Zhu De JF-1191
• Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304

Above-28: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304
• Right: General Zhu De JF-1191

Above-29: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304
• Right: General Zhu De JF-1191

Above-30: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class JianShe (Construction) steam locomotive JS-5001
• Length 23,39 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 85km/h
• Made by Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Works in 1957
• Total number manufactured: 1916 locomotives

Above-31: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• JS-5001 steam locomotive

Above-32: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• JS-5001 steam locomotive

Above-33: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• JS-5001 steam locomotive

Above-34: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: QianJin (March On) class steam locomotive QJ-101
• Left: Wheel arrangement 2-10-2. Made in China in 1964
• Right: JS-5001 made in China in 1957, length 23,34 meters

Above-35: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-36: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-37: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-38: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-39: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-40: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-41: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Red steam locomotive FD-1979

Above-42: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Red steam locomotive FD-1979
• Right: Black steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-43: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-44: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-45: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-46: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-47: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class KF, KF1-006 steam locomotive
• Length 28,41 meters, wheel arrangement 4-8-4, designed speed 100km/h
• In total 24 were built for China in U.K. by Vulcan Foundry
• KF1-006 was built in 1936, retired from service in 1977

Above-48: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside KF1-006 steam locomotive

Above-49: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• KF1-006 steam locomotive
• Wheel arrangement 4-8-4:
-- 4 leading wheels, 8 coupled driving wheels, 4 trailing wheels
• Decoration: BeijingMan

Above-50: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• KF1-006 wheels and BeijingMan 176cm

Above-51: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• KF1-006 steam locomotive

Above-52: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: QianJin (March On) class steam locomotive QJ-101
• Left: Wheel arrangement 2-10-2. Built in China in 1964
• Center: JieFang (Liberation) class steam locomotive JF-2121
• Right: Steam locomotive GJ-1019 (GongJian, worker construction)

Above-53: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Green steam locomotive SL3-152

Above-54: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Green steam locomotive SL3-152
• Center: Class Zero steam locomotive
• Right, far behind: JF-2101 National Day

Above-55: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class Zero steam locomotive, made in Britain in 1881
• Wheel arrangement 0-4-0 which enables tighter radius curves
• Four driving wheels, used for assembling/disassembling trains

Above-56: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Class JieFang (Liberation) steam locomotive JF-2101 National Day
• Wheel arrangement 2-8-2. Built in China in 1950
• Retired from service in 1986

Above-57: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Steam locomotive GJ-1019
• Right: JieFang class steam locomotive JF-2121
• Right: Wheel arrangement 2-8-2
• Right: Built in China in 1952, retired from service in 1986

Above-58: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Steam locomotive GJ-1019 (GongJian, worker construction)
• Right: JieFang class steam locomotive JF-2121

Above-59: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Right: Steam locomotive SL-601

Above-60: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: Steam locomotive SL-601
• Center: JieFang (Liberation) class steam locomotive JF-3022
• Right: Steam locomotive RM-1001 (RenMin, people)

Above-61: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• DongFeng DF5-0007 (DF - diesel fuel, DongFeng - East wind)
- Steam, diesel, I see electricity... then not crystal clear, has it wings!

Above-62: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: DongFeng DF5-0007
• Right: ShaoShan 1008 (ShaoShan, Mao's home town)

Above-63: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: DongFeng DF4-0001
• Right: DongFangHong, East is red, DFH-1008, built in 1976

Above-64: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• BJ-3003 diesel-hydraulic locomotive from 1970 (BJ, BeiJing)
• Decorative front image: TianAnMen Rostroom in Beijing

Above-65: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Left: BJ-3003 from 1970
• Right: NY5-0003

Above-66: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach GW-97336

Above-67: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach
• Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, communications, and meeting room

Above-68: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach: meeting room
- Ly Cha, XieXie! (green tea, please)

Above-69: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach: bedroom

Above-70: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach: bathroom

Above-71: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach

Above-72: China Railway Museum, Beijing.

Above-73: China Railway Museum, Beijing.

Above-74: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Info panel inside the museum - click to read the story

Above-75: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
• Entrance, and half of the museum building

Need not to work at China Railways to visit and enjoy this museum. We have learnt that locomotives don't die, they become celebrities. And we can't think of these celebrities without emotions: I miss that heavy locomotive pooh-pooh-pooh.

China Railway Museum Beijing
North of Loop line, No.1 North JiuXianQiao Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86-10-64381317
Tickets 20RMB or about 2EUR, $2,5USD
Google Earth: 39.99662N 116.51060E

China Railway Museum, Beijing
+ Excellent locomotive collection
+ Can go inside the locomotives and coaches
+ During my visit not many visitors, no queues
***** EXCELLENT TARGET IF INTERESTED IN LOCOMOTIVES *****


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© BeijingMan 2017

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